Kimi Raikkonen plagued by inconsistency in Bahrain

Raikkonen finished second after qualifying sixth last year but said it's hard to say whether he can repeat that feat this year.

updated: April 21, 2013 15:19 IST
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Bahrain: When Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen steps into his car these days, he often doesn't know what kind of performance will follow.

It can range from winning the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to qualifying ninth on Saturday for the Bahrain GP. Following Lewis Hamilton's five-spot grid penalty, he will start from eighth place on Sunday. But it's not the kind of performance that shows the Finn is ready to challenge for the drivers' championship title this season.

Raikkonen, who finished second last week in China, said the team has struggled all weekend to find the car's steering balance and his poor qualifying lap hasn't helped.

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